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Jul 6, 2011 7:30am EDT
overriding reason, to shore our own national security by helping the afghans take control of theirs. that means building up security forces to drive down british combat forces where the afghans themselves able to prevent al qaeda from returning and posing a threat to us and our allies around the world. this is poignant today on a plot executed by al qaeda and extremists with the same perverted ideology as the september 11th attacks. 375 british service men and women have died fighting in afghanistan to strengthen that country and keep britain and britain safe from another 9/11 or 7/7. thousands more including many civilians have risked their lives and hundreds have been injured fighting for the security of our nation. they were called to an international coalition involving 48 countries with a specific you and mandate working at the invitation of a democratically elected government. though there have been many difficult times we should be clear about what has been achieved. in 2009 my predecessor, the prime minister told this house that some three quarters of this serious terrorist
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Jul 11, 2011 6:00pm PDT
resolved. civilians and military casualties continue to mount, and opinions are divided over whether afghan forces will be ready to take over security operations in three years' time. we have this report. >> american soldiers are a regular sight in the provinces. but the withdrawal has already begun. afghan forces are taking on more responsibilities for security in their country. it is a dangerous task, especially in the unruly areas of the south and east of the country. >> we are ready for the mission. we are well trained, and we will make sure that the people in our city are safe around-the- clock day and night. >> we will make sure that terrorism will not spread here anymore. >> the u.s. is pulling about 1/3 of its troops out of afghanistan by next summer. nato wants the handover to take place quickly. although there are questions about their abilities, the afghans say they are up to the task. that international troops and the afghan government have been very active in our province. there have been a lot of reconstruction projects. foreign soldiers have been making their presence felt. p
PBS
Jul 19, 2011 10:00pm PDT
're with the soldiers of the 101st airborne division and their afghan counterparts. they've received intelligence that a wanted taliban leader is hiding out nearby. >> we're going after a mid-level insurgent here in the district. guy's name is gulab, this guy right here. he's an ied facilitator, kidnapper, just all-around bad guy. we're going to do an air assault on his compound. >> roger, we copy. ( helicopter blades whirring ) >> narrator: in khost and across the country, targeted raids like this have become a defining tactic in the war against the taliban. although 30,000 extra us troops were sent to afghanistan last year, here in khost there are still not enough forces to keep security outside the major towns. launching these assaults on taliban leaders is calculated to keep the enemy on the run. ( helicopter blades whirring ) ( dog barking ) ( indistinct chatter ) >> no, it's the one further up the road. he said a hundred meters up the road. >> once you get around here, you'll see it. >> pull it. ( dog barking ) >> watch high, watch high. >> narrator: the troops have been told that the talib
CSPAN
Jul 7, 2011 2:00am EDT
and the hierarchy of needs from the u.k.'s point of view is to focus on security and the capacity the afghan government has to secure its own country. other things have to take place behind them. >> mr. john woodcock? >> guaranteeing that this will be ordered, is that right? >> we haveade announcements about chinooks being ordered and we will stick to those announcements. >> mary mccloud. >> peace and stability in afghanistan helped by leaving an entire lting legacy and i welcome the officer -- in school. also agree with me that it is important for education for all especially young girls. >> i do agree. if you want to see a long-term stable afghanistan that canno be possible by excluding half of the population from being educated. if you look right across north africa and the middle east, permanent education of women is not just important for human-rights but also economic development and peace and progress as well. >> i welcome the prime minister's statements. back in march of this year, honorable members -- the opportunity to preserve afghanistan to our province. and some of the people fr
CSPAN
Jul 1, 2011 6:00am EDT
president obama's decision last week to accelerate the transition of security responsibility to afghan forces and start bringing the u.s. surged forces home. as all land by the president, 10,000 u.s. troops will be withdrawn by the end of this year and the remaining 23,000 u.s. surge forces will be torn down by september of next year. the president's decision to use the president on afghan leaders to assume more and more responsibility for their security. just as the establishment of the date to begin reductions have the effect of creating the sense of urgency on the part of the afghan government to take responsibility for afghanistan security. the assumption of the responsibility but the afghans is a path to successful mission and a stable montelimar and controlled afghanistan. the president's transition decision was buttressed by the significant gains the coalition had afghan forces part together made in the last year and reclaiming the former taliban stronghold particularly in the south. another major change in the last year is the surge in afghan security forces. there are now 100,
CSPAN
Jul 3, 2011 10:30am EDT
the transition of security responsibility to afghan forces and start bringing the u.s. surged forces home. as all land by the president, 10,000 u.s. troops wilbe withdrawn by the end of this year and the remaining 23,000 u.s. surge forces will be torn down by september of next year. the president's decision to use the president on afghan leaders to assume more and more responsibility for their security. just as the establishment of the date to begin reductions have the fect of creating the sense of urgency on the part of the afghan government to take responsibility for afghanistan security. the assumption of the responsibility but the afghans is a path to successful mission and a stable montelimar and controlled afghanitan. the president's transition decision was buttressed by the significant gains the coalition had afghan forces part together made in the last year and reclaiminghe former taliban ronghold particularly in the south. another major change in the last year is the surge in afghan security forces. there are now 100,000 more afghan security forces than 18 months ago when president obama
CSPAN
Jul 6, 2011 11:00pm EDT
our own by helping the afghans take control of theirs. that means building of the afghan security forces so we can draw down british combat forces, with the afghans themselves able to prevent al qaeda from returning and being a threat to them and our allies around the world. prices of the eve of the sixth anniversary of 7-7, an attack sponsored by al qaeda and executed by extremists following the same proportion of the september 11 attack in 2001. 375 british servicemen and women have died fighting in afghanistan to help strengthen that country and he britain and britain's safer from another 9/11 or 7/7. thousands more, including many civilians, have risked their lives, and hundreds of an injured body for the security of our nation. there is no rational coalition involving countries with a specific u.n. mandate, working with a democratically elected government. though there have been many, many difficult times, we should be clear about what has been achieved. in 2009, my predecessor as prime minister told the house that three-quarters of the most serious terrorist plots against br
PBS
Jul 5, 2011 4:00pm PDT
the insurgents see nato coming in strength, they retreat. but not always. so no one takes any chances. afghan police lead the searches. nato believes afghan candy -- afghans can deal with their own people better than foreign troops. by 2015, the idea is they will do it alone. one of the villagers hope things will improve without the insurgents around. >> the taliban steals food. i'm very poor. if i protest, they say you support nato. >> this is what progress lookalike in afghanistan. so much so, there is to be a further cut in british troops with a few hundred soldiers. but native troops still far outnumber the afghan troops. what is needed to hand over a village like this to the local troops altogether? >> a regular police presence. that's what we need. regular patrolling. people of confidence to be able to come and talk to the police. >> but in this village, the police seemed willing to help themselves to food, just like a taliban. they did find a taliban and decisions-in a melon patch. -- a taliban munitions patch they were sniping at the soldiers operation we joined. the afghan forces lac
CSPAN
Jul 6, 2011 8:00pm EDT
are in afghanistan for one overriding reason, to shore our own national security by helping the afghans take control of theirs. that means building up security forces to drive down british combat forces where the afghans themselves able to prevent al qaeda from returning and posing a threat to us and our allies around the world. this is poignant today on a plot executed by al qaeda and extremists with the same perverted ideology as the september 11th attacks. 375 british service men and women have died fighting in afghanistan to strengthen that country and keep britain and britain safe from another 9/11 or 7/7. thousands more including many civilians have risked their lives and hundreds have been injured fighting for the security of our nation. they were called to an international coalition involving 48 countries with a specific you and mandate working at the invitation of a democratically elected government. though there have been many difficult times we should be clear about what has been achieved. in 2009 my predecessor, the prime minister told this house that some three quarters of this serious
CSPAN
Jul 1, 2011 1:00pm EDT
of afghans first is leading to the outcomes that would make any american proud. i am not sure the government and contractors have taken steps necessary to provide transparency and accountability we have to demand in light of the incredible difficult decisions we were faced with in the united states congress in terms of our fiscal picture in this country. we spend $61 billion total on reconstruction and the vast majority has been through contractors. the defense department and u.s. aid are primarily responsible in part of the problem we will talk about today is no one is totally responsible. there is no one i can really find that once to say i am responsible -- in fact, i would be surprised if i don't hear testimony today from people who say i am not really responsible. it is time somebody is responsible for money spent on roads that will never be sustained and for buildings and electrical power facilities that are built that nobody there knows how to use, much less access the power that supposedly we will provide. it is someone -- time someone to that for to say i am responsible, i am planni
CSPAN
Jul 6, 2011 10:00am EDT
on counterterrorism efforts with pakistan, setting up officer training academies for afghan police and security operations in the region. this is an hour. >> prime minister. >> thank you, mr. speaker. with the mission i'd like to make a statement on afghanistan. from the outset this government has sought to take a more hard-headed, more security-based approach to our mission. as i said, we're not there to build a perfect democracy. still less a model society. yes, we will help with the establishment of democratic institutions. yes, we can improve infrastructure, develop education, encourage development. but we are in afghanistan for one overriding reason, to ensure our own national security by helping the afghans to take control of theirs. this means building up the afghan security forces so we can drawdown british combat forces with the afghans themselves able to prevent al qaeda from returning and posing a threat to us and our allies around the world. this is particularly poignant today, i believe, mr. speaker, on the eve of the sixth anniversary of 7/7, an attack that was executed by extremi
CSPAN
Jul 25, 2011 8:30am EDT
virtually every heroin processing lab raided by the dea, united stat s special forces and afghan police had ties to the taliban.ice what our forces find when they raid drug labs is not only large quantities of opium and heroin,d but heroin, but also also im explosive devices, bomb making materials, and taliban training manuals. in just one raid last year, 2,056 pounds of the highest grade heroin with wholesale value of $6 million was seized. experts agree it may take many years to get the drug trade in afghanistan under control. therefore, as the united states military begins to scale back its presence this month, i think we've got to ensure our civilians continue to support counter narcotics efforts in afghanistan. i think that's really important. a year ago this month this caucus released a bipartisan report entitled united states counter narcotics strategy in afghanistan, which contained several policy recommendations, and i would like to highlight progress that's been made and what remains to be done. first, the good news. the caucus recommended increasing the capacity of afghan counter
CSPAN
Jul 1, 2011 2:00am EDT
it -- spending to more direct to the afghan government directly. this is why our reconstruction strategy must focus on insuring that afghans can sustain what we have helped build. how many additional schools and health, as we can construct, but also that there are teachers and health care officials to sustain those institutions. whether afghans have the resources and expertise to manage the long-term operation and maintenance of power plants. on a related note, as we encourage more contracting with local afghan firms under the afghan first policy, we must consider seriously revamping the process for vetting contractors to ensure they do not pose security risks. reconstruction is a critical component of our counter insurgency strategy, and dollars must never be diverted to support terrorists or in certain elements. that is one of the concerns i have as we go through this afghan first policy. we should have no illusions that afghan will be made -- that afghanistan will be immediately capable of standing alone. according to a world bank estimates, as many -- as much as 97% of afghan gdp is spent
PBS
Jul 21, 2011 12:30am PDT
in helmand province to afghan forces. british troops have been there since 2006. 24 soldiers have been killed there. it is one of the most challenging areas in the wave of transition. it follows the handing over at the weekend of another province to afghan troops. local forces will gradually replace troops in five other areas across the country. our defense correspondent reports. >> a moment of national pride. afghans are taking responsibility for their own security. this ceremony is designed to send the message that they are up to the job. who have british t helped train and are now stepping back, a public show of confidence. despite the handshake, there are lingering doubts -- at least about the afghan police. >> there are some allegations of corruption. it would be foolish to deny exists. we're trying to eradicate that in the police. if we get it wrong, the police could push the locals away. >> the clock is ticking for the afghans to get it right. for nato, it marks the beginning of the end. the exit strategy will see all british combat troops leave by 2015. afghans are now having to conte
PBS
Jul 12, 2011 5:00am EDT
, "bbc world news." >> ahmad wali karzai half brother of the afghan president is shot dead and kandahar. the british phone hacking scandal deepened. former prime minister gordon brown expresses shock by information gathering on his son. >> in tears. your son is now going to be broadcast across the media. incredibly upset about it. we are thinking about his future and our family. >> riots on the streets of belfast ahead of an annual celebration. coming up and this program, europe's new nightmare. fears that the debt crisis could spread to italy and spain. after the allegations, the denials. the man behind qatar's world cup bid. hello. the half-brother of afghanistan's president karzai has been killed and an attack and the south of the country. ahmad wali karzai, one of the powerful men and southern afghanistan, was shot dead inside his house reportedly by his bodyguard. she was head of the provincial council and kandahar. there were previous attempts on his life. our correspondent joins us from kabul. quentin, not the first attempt on his life, but what more can you tell us? >> he was ki
CSPAN
Jul 23, 2011 2:00pm EDT
% of afghan's gdp. drug money funds more than just terrorist activity. it is also used to corrupt government officials and ultimately threatens destabilization of the country. we must remain vigilant against money laundering and terrorist financing by ensuring our laws keep pace with new and emerging trends terrorists exploit. we are reaching a point where the administration will soon be decreasing presence in afghanistan, while reducing the military footprintn afghanistan and increasg the operational capacity of afghans to govern their n country needs to occur clear, coherent planning must take place in advance. plans need to be in place to deal with drug trade and how counter narcotics operations and investigations continue absent security provided by u.s. military. we need to ensure law enforcement agencies likes dea will still be allowed to step up afghan operations. i want to hear what steps the administration has tken to plan for eventual draw down of troops, what impact it will have on counter narcotics operations. i am concerned in the race to reduce the presence, we may lose any gro
PBS
Jul 5, 2011 2:30pm PDT
2001. i believe the afghan government, the afghan people, the afghan army deserve to have a deadline so they can plan properly towards a transition. >> so, it is over to the afghan forces. in the village, the police seem willing to help themselves to food, just like the taliban. we did find the taliban ammunitions-in a melon patch -- ammunition stash in a melon patch. the soldiers have not gone away. they were sniping on a mission that we joined. there is still a big problem with corruption. the question now, will the afghans be able to do the job the british soldiers have been doing as they start to leave? >> for more on these challenges and calls for an even quicker drawdown of u.s. troops, i spoke earlier with a former adviser to the u.s. military in afghanistan. so, seth, have david cameron asking the taliban to stop fighting, put down their weapons, join the political process. what do you think the chances are that might happen? >> there are elements of the taliban and other insurgent groups that are willing to talk about this option. they have been fighting for three decades in af
CBS
Jul 27, 2011 7:00pm EDT
: jim crawford may not look like it, but he's a u.s. army major, part of a program called "afghan hands," designed to mentor government officials. >> hey, how's it going? >> how you been? >> good, good. >> reporter: to break down barriers he wears local clothing and a full beard, mike most afghan men. when we visited kandahar earlier this month, crawford was anxious to introduce us to the city's mayor, ghulam haider hamidi. >> there are a lot of good afghans here working and working very hard and risking their life. he's one of them. so the people here are really lucky to have him as mayor. >> reporter: that luck ran out today. a suicide bomber got into the same corridor as the city hall the mayor had guide us through. on that day he told us he was fatalistic about the dangers he faced. >> the got will kill me one day, that day, and time will not be changed. >> reporter: crawford'sy job means he often takes the same risks as the afghans he works with. while most u.s. soldiers travel around kandahar in heavily armored vehicles, crawford suggested we see the city from an auto rickshaw. wh
CSPAN
Jun 30, 2011 8:00pm EDT
that the government has been very slow to apply this lesson. and i'm not sure that the implementation of afghan first proud. i'm not sure that the government contractors have taken steps necessary to provide transparency and accountability that we have to demand in light of the incredible difficult in this country. this is the 10th year, and we total already on reconstruction. spending has been todefense department and usaid are primarily responsible for this. no one is totally responsible. am responsible. in fact, i will be surprised if i do not hear testimony today really responsible. it is time that somebody is responsible for money that is spent on roads that will not ever be sustained and for buildings and electrical power facilities that are built that no one there even knows how to provide. it is time for someone to step forward and say i am planning these projects. i'm the one certifying sustainability. even certifying sustainability, and we all know that the -- i talked about surp. here is what it was a posted a pair it was supposed to be walking-around money, used by iraq. ground in the com
WHUT
Jul 5, 2011 7:00am EDT
a stronger and more confident afghan national army, stronger police -- many of whom we trained ourselves -- and also local police, i do think it is right to start planning the withdrawal of some of our troops. welcome to "gmt." also on this program -- newspaper executives are expected to meet british police today over allocation the phones of a murdered teenage girl was attacked -- allegations. back and in fighting spirit. the venezuelan president makes a surprise return from cuba following treatment for cancer. it is midday here in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, d.c., and mid afternoon in afghanistan where nato has confirmed the death of another four of its soldiers. they were killed in the east of the country where foreign troops, mostly american, are battling a fierce taliban insurgency. and despite previous losses, both americans and british leaders do believe the tide is turning against the taliban. on a visit to afghanistan to the british prime minister david cameron confirmed he is planning to withdraw more combat troops in the coming years. here is our world affairs corresponde
CNN
Jul 12, 2011 10:00am PDT
. >>> in afghanistan, the powerful half brother of afghan president hamid karzai was assassinated today at his home in the southern city of kandahar. officials say he was killed by a trusted guard. the suspect was then killed by other guards. the taliban says the shooter was working for them. ahmed wali karzai was accused by the u.s. and local afghans of being involved in the drug trade and other illegal activities. president karzai spoke to reporters about two hours after the shooting, saying only that quote, this is the life of the afghan people, this sorrow is in every afghan home. >>> high above earth, a final walk in space. these are live pictures that we are bringing to all of you. two crew members of the international space station, you see it here, venturing out on the last space walk of nasa's space shuttle era. absolutely breathtaking. the two floated over the yucatan peninsula. take a look at these live pictures. their job today is to recover a broken pump and stow it in the cargo bay of shuttle "atlantis" which docked with the space station on sunday. the space walk was scheduled to las
CBS
Jul 4, 2011 5:30pm PDT
told us the assault should not be seen as a setback. do you really think that the afghan security forces are ready if they can't protect a major hotel in the capital? >> i can tell you that our special forces who were supporting-- not leading and not doing-- for the afghan forces, who saw the crisis response unit, said that they responded very courageously. in fact, that they took the loss of life with the wounded in action i think underscores that fact. >> reporter: but the training of afghan forces is uneven at best. witnesses at the hotel told us some afghan police ran away from the suicide assault. time for training afghan forces will soon be running out. president obama plans to withdraw about one-third of u.s. forces in little more than a year. it's no secret that you wanted a slower drawdown than what was announced by the obama administration. do you feel like you have enough troops to do the job? >> look, first of all, i think it's probably time to stop second guessing the decision that only the president can make. only he has the full range of issues and considerations th
CNN
Jul 17, 2011 11:00am PDT
where for the second time in less than a week, an assassination has claimed the life of a senior afghan official. barbara starr joins us now from washington. the key ally was assassinated in his home west of kabul today. this man is the former of the province and a key ally of the karzai government. now, as you say, this is the second one in just a few days. of course, earlier the half-brother was assassinated in kandahar, southern afghanistan. all of this comes, of course, as we are seeing the first u.s. troops begin to come home from the war zone. we are seeing the beginning of the turnover to afghan security control in afghanistan and tomorrow general david petraeus scheduled to give up his command to the next general coming in from the united states to command the war. things are moving very rapidly in afghanistan but the security situation certainly remains very tenuous. fred? >> barbara starr in washington, thanks so much. let's go to kabul where we find david. what are you learning about this assassination? >> reporter: >> all right. it looks like we still need to work on audio p
PBS
Jul 12, 2011 6:00pm PDT
has raised new fears about instability ahead of the handover to afghan forces. the white house has condemned the killing. " he described himself as the most powerful man in southern afghanistan. few disagreed. ahmad wali karzai was a controversial figure. he said that he added spice to afghan life great the roads to the compound were closed. the president's half brother lived under the tightest security, only the most trusted could get close. the head of personal protection it aroused no suspicion. without saying a word, he shot him twice. >> he said, this morning, my younger brother -- this is the life of the afghan people. we have all suffered the same kind of people. forgive me for not speaking with a smile today. he was said to be deeply involved with the opium trade. he had many of their enemies. in april, he spoke to a documentary group about attempts on his life. >> a major suicide attack on me and my office. >> are there still threats against you now? >> every day. >> the taliban? drug-traffickers stock? >> ahmad wali karzai became close to being charged with corruption the
PBS
Jul 20, 2011 2:30pm PDT
is not on the table. in afghanistan, forces have handed over security to the afghan police and the army. the handover ceremony took place with the british officers have been since 2006. this is one area gradually placed under government control. our defense correspondent was at the ceremony and filed this report. >> a moment of national pride. afghans taking responsibility for their own security. this ceremony showing that they are up for the job. but the british soldiers still have concerns, about corruption within the afghan police. >> some allegations of corruption, what we're trying to do is eradicate this. we are trying to push the locals away. >> even if afghanistan routes out the corruption, -- this is another province that was just handed over. there has been little fighting here, over the past 10 years. >> bombs and bullets are not the biggest killers, this is diarrhea and malnutrition. >> after the withdrawal of the nato forces -- >> the pressure is on the government to win the trust of its own people. >> there'll be lots of questions and concerns. our hope is to change that institution. >>
CSPAN
Jun 30, 2011 11:00pm EDT
of the military police, the afghan national army, or the united states military. >> correct. >> have you done any projects that would be considered civilian infrastructure projects? electrical plants, health centers? schools? anything of that nature? >> no, we have not. >> let's talk about oversight. i was shocked in your testimony that you said in nine years you have had one meeting with the corps of engineers. how often is -- >> i was talking about the partnering, not normal regular meetings. >> partnering, like planning meetings? >> partnering, planning meetings where we have top executives from both end users where they meet for a whole day or perhaps two days. >> and sustainability? >> and sustainability prefer that we have had only one in afghanistan. but as far as regular meetings with clients, we have those regularly. >> i understand. what about oversight on your end? mr. walker, how often does -- >> they definitely come in. one of these restrictions, research and for being able to move in the country, i have done quite a number of personnel who want to get out more than they are allowed
CSPAN
Jul 6, 2011 1:00pm EDT
retaking afghanistan. we'll continue to destroy or degrade the infrastructure, build afghan security forces strong enough to lead in providing security for the country and ultimately mobilize the people to stand up against their enemies. we are meeting our objectives because we continue to execute an operational plan that works. first, our plan focuses us on key areas throughout the country. population centers, commerce nodes and routes, because a majority of the population lives in less than a third of the country. now we are fighting a rural insurgency. it lies in the villages and the first line of assistance for the villagers is the district government. secondly, it effectively prioritizes and sequence house we execute security, governance, and development. and third, it grounds us in what i call a trinity of good governance, capable security force, and the people. when all three work together, we know afghans can arrive at viable local solutions. this approach has allowed us to effectively implement the right plan. as a result, the coalition now has a plan, progress is indisputable. we
PBS
Jul 12, 2011 6:00pm PDT
this takeover is politically impossible. >> thank you so much from london. the half brother of the afghan president has been assassinated in kandahar. he was shot dead by his head of security. this was call it -- this was called one of their top achievements by the taliban. the murder took place where the french president was on a state visit. -- while the french president was on a state visit. >> nicolas sarkozy had come to announce the withdrawal of french troops by the end of next year. that news was overshadowed by the assassination. for the afghan president, the death of his brother is a political loss as well as a personal one. "we hope that there would be an end to the pain and suffering of the afghan people and peace and security will be established in our country so that no other family has to suffer such pain. >> ahmad wali karzai was the provincial chief of kandahar and of the most powerful men in southern afghanistan. this death will leave a power vacuum in be -- in the battle against the taliban insurgency. he was stopped by allegations of corruption. he is suspected of been
PBS
Jul 15, 2011 12:30am PDT
of kandahar was in the mosque. >> another deadly attack in the heart of kandahar. top afghan officials were attending a prayer service for the president's half-brothers. they were quickly whisked away as eight police units secure the area. among the dead, an influential cleric, a man opposed to the taliban. like so many other attacks, the brought was born by ordinary afghans. more people are also dying from nato air strikes. on wednesday, six villagers died in this raid. it was an operation to flush out insurgents near the pakistan border. among the victims, women and children. it led to a wave of anger among afghans. protest have taken place, pressing for the withdrawal of western forces. that is about to happen imminently, but some are wondering at what cost? starting next week and over the next several months, thousands of nato troops will begin a gradual withdrawal from afghanistan, and the security to the afghan forces. questions are being raised about if they are ready to take on the role, especially after these high-profile killings. >> this is a bbc news. the fbi opened an investiga
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Jul 14, 2011 7:00am EDT
for the afghan president's slain brother is marred by another attack on the same day the when it reveals civilian casualties and afghanistan have increased. as the funeral starts for big thumbs of the mumbai bomb attack, indian authorities blame terrorists for the blast that killed 20 and left dozens injured. hello and welcome to gmt. it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, and the former editor of the "news of the world" newspaper has agreed to be questioned by british mp's over the phone hacking scandal. the committee is taking further steps. rupert murdoch's news corp. has a knowledge it cannot be business as usual and it has dropped its full takeover bid, at least for now of bskyb. news international is refusing to comment on who may or may not appear before the mp's. nick clegg, deputy prime minister, has urged senior members to attend. >> my message is to do the decent thing. you cannot hide away from this level of public anguish and anger. when you are in that position of power, you are also accountable to millions of people who consume the product of your newspapers, television c
CBS
Jul 10, 2011 11:00am EDT
contractor piece. we, with the afghans, developed a afghanistan national security force that has got increasingly better. that's really the long-term answers. >> your confident that the build up is sufficient? >> when you look back over the last 18 months in terms of what they had, in -- with respect to training infrastructure, trainers, schools, they had virtually nothing. we were recruiting people off of the street on a friday and putting them in the field on monday. that has changed dramatically. we have upwards of 35,000 finalliens in training this week in the various schools. we focused on an improved literacy rate and made progress there. we will have fielded by the end of this fiscal year, in the next couple of months a force of 300,000, a little bit over 300,000, actually, army and police. they are in the field. they are leading in some operatioosl they are with us on all operations. we have seen a lot of progress there. we talk about the games be fragile and reversible. the gains have been significant, popularly in the south, they only become irrelevant reversible through th
CNN
Jul 3, 2011 7:00am PDT
was to prevent the afghan government, the kabul government, from falling so it would become a safe haven for al qaeda or an associated group again. we're on the way to giving the afghans the capability to do that. remember, our time horizon is between now and 2014. 10,000 troops this year, after the end of this fighting season, another 23,000 troops by the end of next summer. at that point we'll still have 68,000 troops focused on the mission. it's a backdrop of some success, progress, it's a responsible, steady way to go about this. and end our work on the schedule that we've laid out. now, from general petraeus' perspective, commanders -- he has said this publicly -- are always going to want more troops for longer. we believe from the perspective of our national priorities, other global resource allocation, this say sound way to approach this, again, from a position of string. >>> a crucial part to allowing afghanistan to end up more stable even if there are fewer troops is some kind of deal that involves some elements of the taliban coming back into the political system. ahmed rashid details
FOX
Jul 3, 2011 11:00pm EDT
the plans will undermine afghan morale and make it more difficult to beat back taliban forces. >> i know there is some concern among the afghans about the pace of the beginning of withdrawal of our surge troops. but we have tried to reassure everyone that the commitment that america has made, and the international community has made, to a free and independent afghanistan is strong and steadfast and lasting. >> senator mccain said some areas of afghanistan including kandahar, are definitely safer. >>> the news edge is everywhere at 11:00. a fire at a church sends one firefighter to the hospital and causes thousands of dollars in damage. the firefighter was hurt while batting the flames. flames were seen shooting through the roof. authorities believe it was caused by a lightning strike. >>> a fire gutted a straussberg, virginia church. happened saturday evening. parishers held services on the building's front lawn today. the outside of the building was not destroyed in the fire. the church says they'll rebuild. >>> one person killed last night after getting hit by two cars. police say the
CSPAN
Jul 2, 2011 6:15pm EDT
happy to have u.s. companies to come and take part. this is an afghan tradition that those who are doing something for us, we are willing to pay them back over time. the support we have received from u.s. taxpayers, this is the time that they should come participate in afghanistan. economic growth for their benefit, for the benefit of the people of afghanistan. we know the technologies that you have a common -- have, and business ethics, and the code of conduct that you have and considering the environment is something that other companies from other parts of the world, their standards compared to those of u.s. companies is something that we notice. that is why i work with u.s. companies to get them more information, and encourage them to come and get the benefit of those resources that are there. host: stemming from the president's announcement, there were announcements that a bulk of the pullout what -- would come during what is known as the fighting period. is that a concern? guest: it is a concern, yes. 33,000 troop withdrawal based on the assessment from the military exper
CSPAN
Jul 10, 2011 11:30am EDT
with afghan brothers, as they call them and as president karzai calls them. but but they are concerned about is rights will be the fodder for negotiation. and really all they are asking for is the right to go to work and the right to go to school, which right now the afton constitution gives them. and i think it's of to the international community to see whether women will have a real sea to the table in the discussions that are under way now way that will continue to percolate as 2011 becomes 2012 to 2013 and the withdrawal happens. and i think it is, you know, something the american public can do, tell the lawmakers who want to make sure women have a seat at the table. >> host: when you talk to the women do they understand and appreciate what the western allies, the presence is all about? >> guest: they understand it very personally because it's shaping their daily lives, and i think what you see so much -- amine i spent time with girls, high school principals, alterman norris, and what you see is they have taken the openings of the international community's presence to contribute as much
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